There will be dozens of exhibitors at the station, tours, entertainment on four stages, as well as free Metrolink rides, a guided bike tour, and discounts at museums, restaurants, and theaters in half a dozen nearby neighborhoods.
Events at Union Station
Events at the station will include:
Official ceremony to rededicate of the historic ticket concourse
Step aboard one-of-a-kind rail cars
Tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train
Self-guided architectural tours of Union Station’s architecture, embellishments and artworks
Watch model trains in action
Play in the Chuggington Kids Depot (a preschool television series)
Entertainment on Four Stages
There will be more than a dozen acts, from music to dance and children’s theater, performed on four stages throughout the station. Highlights include:
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, an all-female mariachi ensemble
Las Cafeteras, Afro-Mexican Son Jarocho, Hip Hop, Folk and Native American sounds
Big Jay McNeely & The Hollywood Combo, a Rhythm & Blues band
The Ladd McIntosh Big Band plays Swing, Two-Beat, Latin, Funk
Dr. Pinch and the Pinchtones perform WWII-era swing music
Cava, sounds of Afro-Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, Salsa and Funk
East Wind Lion Dance Troupe performing a traditional Chinese lion dance
Choo Choo Bob, railroad-themed music
Los Angeles Muses, a cappella harmonies from groups like the Andrews Sisters
Vocalist Jennifer Keith leads a quintet in jazz, American roots and pop music
Free Metrolink Rides and Neighborhood Discounts
Step outside the station for fun-filled activities in all directions. See the full listing of rides and discounts online.
The holidays are the best time of the year to visit New York. There’s extra energy in the city, and the holiday lights and decorations can be magical. Not to mention the shopping!
We visited our family in New York over Thanksgiving — and took in the best of the holiday season.
Over the course of our visit, we managed to bust several pervasive myths about holiday time in New York City.
1. You have to arrive at 6 a.m. to see the Thanksgiving Day parade
Everyone warned us that the parade route would be packed and if we wanted to get a spot we’d have to arrive very early. We sauntered over to 6th avenue at 50th Street at 10 a.m. and had a great vantage point with Radio City Music Hall in the background. We weren’t in the front row, but back where there was space to move around.
One of the things I love best about living in Washington is easy access to cultural institutions — museums, embassies, parks, monuments, and libraries — all of which offer a plethora of free programs.In many Smithsonian museums and government buildings, there are beautiful auditoriums that present concerts, lectures, and film — often free to the public.
The William G. McGowen Theater, deep inside the National Archives building on Constitution Ave., is a leading venue for the screening of documentary films.
This coming weekend, the National Archives will screen a number of Steven Spielberg films in a mini film festival honoring the director’s work, that runs November 15-18, 2013. This free, public film festival will showcase four of Spielberg’s critically acclaimed films.